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Barker, Ronald William George [Ronnie] (1929–2005), actor and comedian, was born on 25 September 1929 at 70 Garfield Street, Bedford, the only son and second of the three children of Leonard William Barker, a clerk for Shell, and his wife, Edith Eleanor, née...

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Birch [formerly Catlin-Birch], Reginald (1914–1994), trade unionist and political activist, was born Reginald Catlin-Birch on 7 June 1914 at 4 Chichester Terrace, Kilburn, London, one of the five children of Charles Catlin-Birch (d. 1928), house painter and builder, and his wife, ...

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Braddock [née Bamber], Elizabeth Margaret [Bessie] (1899–1970), trade union activist and politician, was born at Zante Street, Liverpool, on 24 September 1899, the elder daughter of Hugh Bamber, bookbinder, and his wife, Mary, daughter of Andrew Little, an Edinburgh lawyer. Mary Bamber...

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Burns, John Elliott (1858–1943), labour leader and politician, was born in South Lambeth, London, on 20 October 1858, the sixteenth child of Alexander Burns, a Scottish fitter, and Barbara Smith. He left St Mary's national school when he was about ten and after a series of short-term jobs was apprenticed as an engineer....

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Gibson, George (1885–1953), trade unionist and mental health worker, was born at 98 Cumberland Street, Glasgow, on 3 April 1885, the third son and seventh of the eleven children of Johnston Robertson Gibson (b. 1847), outdoor labourer, oil merchant, and tobacconist, and his wife, ...

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Gimson, Ernest William (1864–1919), craftsman and architect, was born in Leicester on 21 December 1864, the fourth child and second son in the family of three sons and four daughters of Josiah Gimson (1818–1883), iron-founder, engineer, and industrial entrepreneur, who established the Vulcan works...

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Goldie, Sir George Dashwood Taubman (1846–1925), founder of the Royal Niger Company, was born at The Nunnery, Isle of Man, on 20 May 1846, the fourth and youngest son of Lieutenant-Colonel John Taubman Goldie-Taubman, of the Scots guards, speaker of the House of Keys...

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Johnson, Thomas Ryder (1872–1963), trade unionist and politician, was born on 17 May 1872 at 10 South Hunter Street, off Maryland Street, Liverpool, the only child of Thomas Johnson, foreman sailmaker, and his wife, Margaret Boardman. His parents were both English. Although his father was Anglican by upbringing, ...

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Macarthur, John (1766–1834), merchant and wool-grower, was probably born on 18 August 1766 and was baptized on 3 September 1767 at Stoke Damerel, near Plymouth, Devon, one of three known children of the expatriate Scot Alexander Macarthur (1720?–1790), mercer and draper, and his wife, ...

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Macarthur [married name Anderson], Mary Reid (1880–1921), women's labour organizer, was born at Glasgow on 13 August 1880, the eldest daughter of John Duncan Macarthur, proprietor of a drapery business, and his wife, Anne Elizabeth Martin. She was one of six children, of whom only three survived. Educated at ...

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Maplethorpe, Cyril Wheatley (1898–1983), pharmaceutical manufacturer, was born on 20 April 1898 at 68 Balfour Street, Drypool, Kingston upon Hull, the son of Jack Maplethorpe, a police constable, and his wife, Emeline Annie, née Vesiter. He was educated at Hymers College, Hull, where he held a scholarship, before going on to study pharmacy at ...

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Monro, Harold Edward (1879–1932), poet and bookseller, was born on 14 March 1879 at 137 chaussée de Charleroi, St Gilles, Brussels, the youngest of the three surviving children of Edward William Monro (1848–1889), civil engineer, and his wife and first cousin, Arabel Sophia (1849–1926)...

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Petit, Sir Dinshaw Manockjee, first baronet (1823–1901), cotton merchant and philanthropist in India, was born at Bombay on 30 June 1823, the elder of two sons of Manockjee Nasarwanji Petit (1803–1859), a Parsi merchant, and his wife, Bai Humabai (1809–1851), daughter of J. D. ...

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Smith, (Robert) Angus (1817–1884), applied chemist and environmental scientist, was born in Pollokshaws, near Glasgow, on 15 February 1817, the seventh son and twelfth child of John Smith (1765–1843), a minor manufacturer of Loudoun, Ayrshire, and Janet (1776–1853), daughter of James Thomson, owner of flax mills. Both families were connected to the prominent ...

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Tata, Sir Dorabji Jamshed (1859–1932), industrial magnate and philanthropist, was born at Bombay on 27 August 1859, the elder son of Jamshed Nasarwanji Tata (1839–1904), pioneer of Indian industries, and his wife, Berabai (1847/8–1904), daughter of Kharsetji Daboo. The politician Shapurji Saklatvala was his first cousin. In 1875, after attending the ...

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Tata, Jamshed Nasarwanji [Jamsetji] (1839–1904), entrepreneur and industrialist in India, born on 3 March 1839 at Navsari, in Gujarat, was the only son of five children of Nasarwanji Ratanji Tata, a Parsi of priestly family, and his wife (and cousin), Jiverbai Cowasjee Tata...

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Thomas, David Alfred, first Viscount Rhondda (1856–1918), politician and industrialist, was born at Ysguborwen, Aberdâr, on 26 March 1856, the fifteenth of the seventeen children—of whom five survived—born to Samuel Thomas (1800–1879), a Merthyr shopkeeper turned coal entrepreneur, and his second wife, Rachel...